English Country Tudor

When you think about the perfect English country Tudor manor, it’s filled with beamed ceilings, stone walls, beautiful hardwood floors, antiques, lovely wallpaper, and gardens — miles and miles of gardens.

These elegant, stately homes are few and far between in Dallas, so I’m beyond thrilled to let you know that for the first time in a couple of decades, one of the best is on offer in Highland Park.

I haven’t been this excited about a home for sale in a long time. Not only is it gorgeous, but the provenance of this house is also incredible. It was built at 3712 Alice Circle in 1925 by architect Clyde H. Griesenbeck for Dr. Sam Webb Jr. This was back when Highland Park was brand new. Alice Circle was named for John Armstrong’s wife. Armstrong was one of the developers of Highland Park.
English Country Tudor

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This stunning Italian Renaissance-styled mansion from Bella Custom Homes is the highlight of the May 4 Dallas Builders Association Parade of Homes. (Courtesy Photo)

When we talk about the Renaissance masters, names such as da Vinci, Michaelangelo, and Raphael are bandied about. But in the Dallas building scene, we’d wager that the master of the Italian Renaissance is Tony Visconti of Bella Custom Homes. The evidence is on view May 4 during the Dallas Builders Association Parade of Homes, where you can tour this Italian Renaissance masterpiece that showcases the incredible design and construction you get in a Bella Custom Homes build.

“Our buyers are very sophisticated and they appreciate the authentic architecture and recognize the craftsmanship we put into our homes,” Visconti, a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder, told us. “While we are well- known for the classic European designs, we can design any style of home and we approach each home with the same attention to detail whether it is 5,000 square feet or 20,000 square feet.” 

And while we’ve been in love with this stunning Italian Renaissance design on Deloache, we’re also thrilled to see what the six other Dallas Builders Association members on Saturday’s tour bring to the table

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Dilbeck midcentury modernThis quintessential Charles Dilbeck Midcentury Modern in Russwod Acres is going to take your breath away. Wait, what did I say? Dilbeck and Midcentury Modern. Do those two terms even go together?

Yes, indeed they do, but rarely.

Dilbeck midcentury modern

A floor-to-ceiling fireplace, a hallmark of Dilbeck, anchors the house and provides the focal point of the living area. A drop-down screen is tucked over the artwork.

We generally think of architect Charles Dilbeck as the eclectic dude that was inspired by Tom Mix (look him up, my Millennials) to create whimsical homes with stained glass, iron gates, and fanciful details. Hold that thought. He also created a few Midcentury Modern masterpieces. This Dilbeck Midcentury Modern at 5016 Tanbark is one of the most striking examples I’ve ever seen. (more…)

When choosing high-rise real estate, what level provides your preferred views? Some people don’t want to get too high, opting for a tree-top skimming view that offers some privacy and shorter elevator rides. Others like that mid-building feel, that gives you a great feel for the horizon and keeps vertigo at bay. Others want a lofty perch from which to look down on their domain. 

Me? I’m a middle-of-the-building gal, which is why I find this gorgeous unit inside The House so appealing. It’s our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.

This listing, unit 1704 inside The House by Starck, is marketed by the queen of Dallas high-rise real estate, Nancy Martinez. Martinez just found her new brokerage home at David Griffin & Company Realtors after Virginia Cook Realtors folded last week.

 “It has been a seamless transition so far to David Griffin,” Martinez shared. “David and colleagues have been incredibly welcoming and supportive. The company protocols are familiar because of  David Griffin & Company’s affiliation with Virginia Cook for so many years.  It has made changing brokerages a lot less painful.” 

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Modernist Masterpiece

I got a bit giddy when I came across this Highland Park Modernist masterpiece designed by the legendary Bud Oglesby. As I go in search of a home for our Monday Morning Millionaire each week, I try to find something that is not only in the ultra-luxury price range but also has a story to tell.

Dallas has some of the finest residential architecture in the world. That fact often makes me pause and wonder why buyers so often settle for the mundane white box when there are homes like this Modernist masterpiece for sale. Architect-designed homes are timeless. Sure, you may need to update a bathroom or a kitchen, but you should do that on any house over 10 years old.

An architect-designed house is going to last forever, if — and that is a big if — there is a buyer that understands and values that home. It takes a certain level of taste, experience, and intelligence to appreciate a marvelous Modernist masterpiece. Fortunately, this is Dallas, and we have a lot of tasteful, intelligent buyers.

This Modernist masterpiece at 3709 Lexington Avenue was built for the Deals, who were patrons of the Dallas Museum of Art. It is widely believed to be the last residence Oglesby designed. In the 1993 Dallas Morning News obituary for Oglesby, architecture critic, David Dillon wrote the following:

“Honesty in materials, simplicity of form, sensitivity to place, this was the Oglesby canon, and it changed very little over the years.”

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This beautiful fieldstone Tudor at 3615 Cornell will be on this year’s Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society home tour. (Courtesy Photo)

April is event month for the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society (PCHPS). Whether you’re a history buff, an architectural aficionado, a real estate junkie, or a classic and antique car enthusiast, you’ll find plenty of reasons to put Park Cities on your April calendar.

The Distinguished Speaker Luncheon kicks off the iconic annual events on Wednesday April 10, at Brook Hollow Golf Club where CandysDirt.com founder and publisher Candy Evans will be the keynote speaker.

Individual tickets start at $150 each and $300 each for Patron seating. Sponsorships and table underwriting range from $1,500 to $10,000. Tickets are available at www.pchps.org.

Proceeds from the 2019 Luncheon will be used to help preserve and maintain the Park Cities House at Dallas Heritage Village, support the new PCHPS archives at the University Park Library, fund the Society’s landmarking initiatives, and award scholarships to Highland Park High School graduating seniors who plan to study architecture or history.

Slated for Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Historic Park Cities Home Tour is the perfect opportunity to get an inside view of some of the most beautiful early 20th century homes in the Dallas area. From landmark architecture, exquisite style, and immaculately-landscaped grounds, you’ll have an awe-inspiring adventure and leave with plenty of design ideas.

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Perched on a sprawling 1.57-acre lot above the shores of White Rock Lake sits this off-market offering you have to see to believe. The spirit of Tuscany is alive and well inside this stunning Mediterranean, where you can’t escape waterfront views even if you try, and why would you? Take in the natural beauty of the area from every vantage point, whether you’re basking by the pool or nestled next to the immaculate, floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace.

As we all know, a house is only as good as its smallest details, and builder Charles Travis made sure each one was absolutely pristine. With superb attention to light, water, and natural materials, there’s a lot to love about this lakefront stunner. Its expertly scaled interiors are warm, inviting and picture-perfect for both everyday life and the most formal of parties.

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Many set off on the quest to find the perfect Highland Park home, driving through picturesque neighborhoods hoping the prestigious properties they spot are up for sale. This traditional house in the heart of Old Highland Park will stop you in your tracks as you pass by, and lucky for you, this Fresh Offering from Allie Beth Allman & Associates is currently seeking a new owner.

The Greek Revival exterior draws you in with commanding columns and palatial landscaping that rival the gardens you have seen on trips to Europe. Follow the red brick road — much like Dorothy did — to find equally elegant interiors through double front doors. With a total of seven bedrooms and eight-and-one-half bathrooms, you can host holidays and big occasions without worrying where everyone will stay.

Plus, what you can’t see from the street is that a 1,118-square-foot guesthouse accompanies the 12,357-square-foot main house, so visitors won’t be on top of each other (or you) whatsoever.

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